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Happy Is the Bride the Sun Shines on: Wedding Beliefs, Customs, and Traditions Hardcover – 1 May 1995

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An entertaining look at wedding folklore and superstitions through the ages

Did you know that you should not whistle while sewing or you will whistle up trouble? That guests should throw shoes at the newlyweds to ensure the couple will always have clothes and to drive off evil spirits? Or that the bride should carry a small child over the threshold of her new home to guarantee luck and fertility? These are just a few of the hundreds of wedding beliefs and customs in Happy Is the Bride the Sun Shines On.

Author Leslie Jones takes you around the world and through the ages to discover these amusing and thought-provoking traditions--some of which have fallen out of favor and others that continue to be used in today's weddings. In this charming and attractive volume--a unique and thoughtful gift to the bride- or groom-to-be--you will learn:

  • What it means if it rains on your wedding day
  • Why the groom carries the bride over the threshold
  • Why some people jump over a broom as part of the ceremony
  • What will happen if you accidentally break a glass on your wedding day
  • What you should do with your wedding clothes after the wedding
  • And much more

For thousands of years, brides and bridegrooms have used many tricks to assure their wedding day and marriage are blessed with luck and joy. These customs, born out of superstition, were created to ward off evil spirits and protect the happy couple. Many of these beliefs have become part of the wedding tradition today, while others have been forgotten.

Happy Is the Bride the Sun Shines On is an amusing and eye-opening break from your own wedding planning chaos. Here you will find hundreds of beliefs and customs that you may find puzzling, humorous, or even fitting to add to your own ceremony. Some sound familiar--such as saving the top layer of a wedding cake for the first anniversary--others seem downright bizarre--like having the bride refrain from bathing on her wedding day to bring good luck.

In this charming little book, you will find customs and beliefs such as

  • Milk a cow while still wearing your wedding dress to ensure you and your husband will never lack diary products
  • Catch the bride's bouquet and you will marry next
  • Your bridesmaid should stick your arm with a pin to guarantee your happiness
  • And more

Entertaining and enlightening, Happy Is the Bride the Sun Shines On reveals a world of wedding customs and beliefs that are sure to bring you a smile, a laugh, and maybe some luck on your special day.

--This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

About the Author

Leslie Jones is a writer specializing in folklore.

--This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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